Give Them culturally relevant stories for sucess
Giving kids culturally relevant stories, is as important for their development as food, education and medicine.
I came across this
talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a few years ago and was touched by her story. Relating it to the challenge, I know in New Zealand, indigenous Maoris suffered most when they lost their own cultural heritage and stories and tried to become westernized, disconnecting themselves to a culture that wasn't their direct heritage. Instead they conected with problems of alcoholism, violence and unemployment. (And before anyone complains it's a very brief and very incomplete sinopsis of a very complex problem)
Stories from africa
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie read and then wrote childrens stories of kids n the snow, even though she had never seen snow in her life.
I think it's important to find and promote culturally relevant stories for youngsters in a way that resonate and promote their values and still introduces them to the modern world.
The idea would break down into various themes/sections:
- involve working with psycologists and child development experts as well as the local community to help find their values
- translate how their traditional education techniques can be adapted and transformed through the informed use of psycologists and child development and design so that the stories reflect local needs and stories in a modern way
- develop local storytellers and techniques to implement and start teaching in schools and most importantly at home within the family